Award-winning author, speaker, public historian, professional genealogist and archivist.

I’ve been researching and writing local history, both black and white for nearly forty years.

LOCAL HISTORY DONE RIGHT... simply telling the difficult stories. Sharing the history that you haven’t read before, and leading the way in research. Beware, not all stories are for everyone. We welcome discussion, comments and questions.See contact form at bottom by the Search bar.

Outline Map of St. Charles County

Story Maps

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History Happens in a place. In St. Charles County there is so much history that it may be hard to actually visualize where the location of a story happened. If you love maps, and history; you are going to love Story Maps. They allow me to combine the story with modern GIS mapping of today. The same technology that allows us (or the Emergency Services) to get directions to a destination can also share where that historic location is. Sometimes the story is static, like the Historic Main Street Tour map, which allows you to travel down the street. And, sometimes the story unfolds in several locations, like that of Archer Alexander: The Untold Story of an American Hero. This is why I love Story Maps! Check out these two Story Maps I’ve created for St. Charles County History…


The Emancipation Monument in Washington DC has St. Charles man Archer Alexander, the last fugitive slave.

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